How do Sovereign Investors approach ESG Investing?

Posted on 08/21/2017

This article is sponsored by State Street Global Advisors.

Drawing on proprietary datasets of institutional investor surveys on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing, State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) have sought to identify distinct features of sovereign investors. While confirming that official institutions share many features with private sector investors, the study reveals some notable differentiation. Specifically SSGA found that public pension funds display more familiarity and commitment to ESG investing, and that sovereign wealth funds pursue divergent investment themes, methods and rationale than any other institutional group. Interestingly, discussing ESG highlights other defining characteristics, such as investment horizon and treatment of external managers.

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